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A quick slide show on library databases and how to navigate them with ease

A quick slide show on library databases and how to navigate them with ease

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  • Basically organized and collected Data is a Database, they can be both digital and on paper
  • Example if you are going to pick a lock on a bank vault you would need to know a few things about the vault first right? Model number of vault, is it digital or analog, does it require a retinal scan ect. The same is true for your search terms in a database!
  • Narrowing down search terms, can search for Orion project and get limited results, search Orion project 1960’s and you get a whole new set of results!

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  • Databases and Searching A CCC Introduction to Research
  • What is a Database?
  • Examples of Databases• Telephone Books• Address Book• Census Bureau Data• Library OPAC• EBSCO• Gale• Hotel/ Airline Booking System
  • What’s The Difference Between a Database and a Website?
  • How to Pick the Correct Search Terms• Keep your terms simple 2-4 terms• Add RELEVANT words to narrow down the number of results you get!• Try words a teacher or website would use!• Use only important words.
  • What is Boolean Searching?Boolean Search Operators• The Boolean search operator AND is equal to the "+" symbol.• The Boolean search operator NOT is equal to the "-" symbol.• The Boolean search operator OR is the default setting of any search engine; meaning, all search engines will return all the words you type in, automatically.• The Boolean search operator NEAR is equal to putting a search query in quotes, i.e., "sponge bob square- pants". Youre essentially telling the search engine that you want all of these words, in this specific order, or this specific phrase.
  • Tips…• Remember to use multiple search terms.• Don’t be afraid to use multiple databases!• You can use the abstract to find most of your citation information!• Too many results? – Add more search terms• Too few results? – Take away or change your search terms!
  • How Does Google Get Their Results?
  • Things You Don’t Have to Do With Database Results• Check for validity or credentials of article• Search ENDLESSLY for dates, authors, and other citation information.
  • …Tricks• Remember to copy and paste the URL of the article into a Word/Google Docs/email, file so you can return easily to your article• Son of Citation Machine works great for Citation and Citation questions!
  • Improve Your Skills…• Brush up on picking search terms withGoogle-a-day! • Start today’s challenge at – www.agoogleaday.com
  • Presented by: Jenny Montemorano M.L.S. &The Cayuga Community College Library Reference Staff 2012
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